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Old 08-27-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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CrAzY ClUtCh!!! Help Jeepers? Video inside

Hey folks- my clutch is going crazy.
Several months ago, the clutch began to make a squeak noise. No biggie, "pretty typical" right?
Today was 95+ and it progressed into a very different situation.
Now it is making a popping noise/feeling when I push the clutch in and release it. If the jeep is turned on and idling in neutral, the noise/pitch from the engine will change depending on the position of the clutch. The jeep is noticeably louder and has a whining/squealing noise to it.

Tonight I made a video and posted it on youtube. It's no Steven Spielberg picture, but hopefully it gets the job done.

Take a look if you've got 3 extra minutes, and help me figure out what's going wrong with my baby!

Video here

Thanks
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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There are only 4 main mechnical parts to a clutch

The (1) pedal and associated pivots
The (2) fork which...
Pushes the (3) throw out bearing ( most commonly bad) which pushes on the
the (4) clutch cover which allows the clutch disc to release from the flywheel so you can change gears

Then there is the hydraulic side
The pedal depresses the (1) master cylinder which sends fluid to the (2) slave cylinder
Which pushes the the fork and so on

If it is whining...which I really couldn't hear in the video then it is probably a throw out bearing.

If the bearing is going bad it could be creating more rotational drag on the transmission input shaft and causing the engine to bog slightly...when the clutch is could be in a spot where it's not dragging so much.

That's my educated guess...you may want to also make sure the fluid is topped off as a starting point.

What you can easily check is to make sure the pedal pivot points are greased.

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Thanks JRuss. Really.

Forgive me for being so naive, but do you mean top off the transmission fluid as a starting point, or something else?
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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It all points to throw-out bearing to me. Not a bad job if you've done one, but most won't tackle it on their own. Throwout bearing, pressure plate, clutch disc = whole new clutch and 100k more miles of jeepin'.
What is the mileage on your Jeep?
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:24 PM   #5
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going to have to second the throw out bearing
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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Basically its in the clutch.. only one option.. pull the clutch assembly and asses what's broke! Honestly.. its nothing difficult. Just turning wrenchs and a couple bloody nuckles.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #7
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Actually, it's a pretty big job that most at-home mechanics shouldn't try to tackle. Pulling out a transmission/transfer case to get to the clutch components is not easy. And getting it all lined up so it goes back together smoothly is even more fun.
The noise will go away when you put shoes on to absorb the noise. (Just giving you some s**t).
You didn't mention the year or the mileage of your Jeep. Sounds like you've got some worn out clutch components. Throw out bearing, pressure plate fingers and springs, etc. If it's newer with low mileage, take it back to the dealer.
Good luck with it.

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